2018 Summer & Fall Freshwater Ecology/Fisheries Field Internships (NH/ME)

Multiple Positions Available (May 15 – November 15, 2018)
Stipend and housing provided
Anticipated commitment:  8-12 weeks with possible extension

A partnership between Dartmouth College, Trout Unlimited and New
Hampshire Fish and Game invites applications for field internships for
the summer and fall of 2018.  In this role the intern will gain
experience and knowledge assisting in fieldwork evaluating the movement
ecology of brook trout.  This is a unique opportunity for someone with
an interest in fisheries/freshwater ecology to gain direct, firsthand
experience using multiple established research methodologies and
exploring novel research techniques.

The primary focus of the research is the partnership’s highly-ranked
Embrace-a-Stream project focused on wild brook trout movement in a
unique, intact watershed.  Primary data collection activities center on
an ongoing PIT tagging/tracking study.  The intern will work under the
guidance of a lead field research technician and other team members to
assist in capturing, tagging and monitoring brook trout throughout the
watershed.  Additionally, the intern will gain experience with habitat
and water quality data collection, macroinvertebrate community sampling,
and documentation by still or video photography.

Fieldwork will be conducted in the upper Androscoggin River headwaters
on the northern NH/western ME border, including the Dead Diamond River
and its tributaries. This watershed is located within Dartmouth’s Second
College Grant, a 27,000 acre working forest with extensive research
activities.  The intern  will have the opportunity to interact with a
diverse group of researchers at the site, including wildlife biologists,
soil scientists, hydrologists, and forest ecologists working on the
national, multi-institutional Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change

Several internships are availability beginning on or about May 15 and
continuing through mid-November 2018 (weather dependent).  The minimum
internship duration is 8 weeks with extension beyond 12 weeks considered
for exceptional candidates.  The intern is expected to perform his/her
tasks for 40hours/week; substantial schedule flexibility is often
required due to field research requirements and environmental

Required Qualifications:
• Applicants should have completed a minimum of 2 years of study in in
fisheries or wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources, or a related
field (prior field research experience may replace up to 1 year of
educational coursework)
• A displayed interest in freshwater ecology and fisheries
• Willingness to work long hours outside in adverse conditions (extreme
temperatures, biting insects, remote research sites) while maintaining a
positive attitude
• Ability to carry up to 70 lbs
• Maturity and ability to work independently and in a team setting
(other researchers, visitors, landowners)
• Good communication skills
• Valid drivers’ license
• Ability to work legally in the United States

Preferred Qualifications:
• Prior field research experience in a similar environment
• An interest in, or experience with fisheries data collection
techniques, including electrofishing, seining, fyke netting, habitat
surveys, macroinvertebrate collection, data entry, and fish sample
processing (tissue, fin clips, scales)
• Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other data entry and analysis
• An interest in, or experience with fish/wildlife tracking techniques,
especially use of PIT tags
• GPS and field navigational skills
• CPR, wilderness first aid/WFR training
• Interest in interacting with and educating non-scientists regarding

A stipend of $1800-2100/month, based on level of experience will be
provided assuming an anticipated effort of 40hrs/week. Housing is
provided at the site’s off-grid field station (cabin with wood stove
heat, solar electric supply, internet access and running water generally
available dependent on season).  A reliable personal vehicle suitable
for travel on improved gravel roads is required (fuel reimbursement
provided for approved, project-related travel).

Application Details
Applicants are encouraged to review a summary of the TU Embrace-A-Stream
Androscoggin Headwaters: Young Trout, Young Science project prior to
applying.  https://www.ammotu.org/projects
Send a cover letter explaining your interest in this position, your
resume, and names and contact information of three current references to
be contacted to: [email protected] .
Please use “Young Trout. Young Science.  Internship” as the subject line
of the email. Review of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until the position is filled.  The final deadline for
applications is Wednesday February 28, 2018